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5th Day – Protest in Thailand

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On 5th day of Thai protests, a carnival atmosphere
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AP BANGKOK, Thailand: They looked remarkably relaxed for a group that had clashed with riot police just one day earlier. The thousands of Thai demonstrators who ran Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej out of his compound looked like a crowd at a folk

Warning over Thailand unrest ITN, UK

Pressure grows on Thai prime minister to resign The Associated Press –

Thailand protesters break into PM office Howrah News Service, India –

Thai premier vows not to quit as protests mounts 30/08 18:54 CET euronews, France –

Thailand: People’s coup or putsch? Global Voices Online, MA –

Thai PM to hold on as protests continue Shanghai Daily, China

Teachers, Egat workers to join protests Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

PAD security break into reception hall Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Coalition allies sticking together Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

POLITICS-THAILAND: Women Power Anti-Gov’t Protests Inter Press Service, Italy –

UPDATE 6-“I will never resign,” says besieged Thai PM Reuters India, India –

On 5th day of Thai protests, a carnival atmosphere International Herald Tribune, France –

Anti-government protest puts Thailand in crisis (Roundup) Monsters and –

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej stands firm Times Online, UK –

Thai PM consults king over escalating protests AFP –

Sondhi: Govt did not listen to charter warnings Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai Party Calls Urgent Session as Protests Spread (Update3) Bloomberg

Thailand: Use democracy to end crisis: US Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

Thai prime minister vows to sit tight despite anti-government protests, United Kingdom –

Thai protests broaden to air and rail closures asap News, UK

Protesters to sue police for Bt16 million damages Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

“I will never resign” says besieged Thai PM ecodiario, Spain

Thai minister to stay despite protests GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

Thai PM says ‘wait-and-see’ on emergency rule Macau Daily Times, Macau –

Thai PM Samak refuses to resign BBC News, UK –

PAD urges more people to join rally Bangkok Post, Thailand

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BANGKOK (AFP) – Thai protesters broke into abandoned government offices Saturday in their escalating campaign to force Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej from office.
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Thai protesters break into gov’t office as PM heads to consult king AFP –

Anti-government protest puts Thailand in crisis 0401471162, others Monsters and –

Pressure grows on Thai prime minister to resign The Associated Press –

‘Critical’ weekend Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Pressure grows on Thai PM after protests escalate Irish Times, Ireland –

Protesters break into Thai PM’s office The Age, Australia –

International tourists stranded at closed Phuket airport Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand

Thai Protest of Premier Stops Trains and Planes New York Times, United States –

PM to be granted an audience with HM the King at 5pm Saturday Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

PAD attacks PM’s announcement, Thailand –

Thai Ruling Coalition Calls for Urgent Session as Protests Grow Bloomberg –

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Thai PM consults with king as protests spread
BANGKOK (AFP) — Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has met with the nation’s revered king on escalating protests that have closed three key airports and

Anti-Government tensions rise in Thailand Small Gov Times, VA –

Thai police disperse anti-gov´t protestors CCTV, China

BMTA labor union calls for Govt’s non-violence to protesters, Thailand –

Pressure grows on Thai PM after protests escalate Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

Thai PM briefs king on protests, police scuffle with demonstrators AFP –

Anti-govt protest continues on fifth day Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai-style democracy Malaysia Star, Malaysia

Mob tactics in Thailand are now pure sham AsiaOne, Singapore –

Never-ending coup, UK –

Thai democracy protests escalate Independent, UK –

Anti-democracy Protests Rock Thailand, Germany

US asks Thailand to end crisis through democratic means AFP –

Protests Rise in Thailand In Challenge to Regime Wall Street Journal

Thai protest alliance not so happy with democracy The Associated Press –

Bangkok protesters raid police HQ Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

Thailand’s political crisis deepens amid protests MarketWatch

Emergency on cards if Thai rioting worsens The Statesman, India –

Activists Launch Attack On Police Sky News, UK

Footage of ‘tear gas’ in Thailand BBC News, UK –

Protests against Thai government intensify 29/08 18:18 CET euronews, France –

Thailand sinks into crisis as demonstrators close airports and Times Online, UK

Thai Protest Stops Trains and Planes New York Times, United States

Thailand’s ruling coalition plans urgent debate on protest crisis The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thai rioters attack police station, Qatar –

United Kingdom of Thailand Urged As ‘PAD’ Take Goverment House Mathaba.Net, UK


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 30, 2008 at 4:06 am

Thai protest siege moves into fourth day

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A country at the brink Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Bangkok governor election set for Oct 5 Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Non-violence must guide police Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Today’s photo: Police clash with protesters in Bangkok USA Today –

In photos: ‘Politics Protests in Thailand’ Monsters and –

Police scuffle with protesters as turmoil spread through Thailand AFP –

Thailand’s ruling coalition plans urgent debate on protest crisis The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thai rioters attack police station, Qatar –

United Kingdom of Thailand Urged As ‘PAD’ Take Goverment House Mathaba.Net, UK –

UPDATE 8-Thai protests hit police HQ, disrupt airports Reuters –

Protesters lay siege to Bangkok compound The Australian, Australia –

Activists Storm Police HQ Sky News, UK –

Thai police use tear gas to disperse protesters The Associated Press –

Playing the foreign card Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Police back off as protests spread from Bangkok – Summary Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Thai PM Samak cancels Japan trip amid domestic tensions Yahoo, Thailand –

Thai PM threatens state of emergency, UK –

Thai protests hit police HQ and disrupt airports, Spain –

Thai Demonstrators Pressure Prime Minister Samak To Resign AHN –

Thai police use tear gas to disperse protesters, UK –

Thai protestors storm police HQ, airports Radio Australia, Australia –

Thai protests hit police HQ and disrupt airports, Spain –

Bangkok police trapped by protesters United Press International –

Thai police fire tear gas on protesters: witness AFP –

Thai police back off after scuffles with protesters (Roundup) Monsters and –

Timeline: Unrest spreads in Thailand as coup anniversary nears AsiaOne, Singapore –

Police retreat from confrontation Channel 4 News, UK –

Thai protests spread to disrupt rail and air links Independent, UK –

PM asks people to rethink before joining rally Bangkok Post, Thailand

Thai Police Re-Enter Besieged Government Compound Voice of America –

Police tackle Thai protests as Phuket hit by euronews, France –

Thai Army Chief: No coup to end political turmoil Xinhua, China –

Thai protesters, police scuffle as turmoil escalates AFP

Thai protesters seize control of airport Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

Anupong repeats his stand for no coup Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Government House: Police evacuate compound; protesters resume Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Riot police get tough with Thai protesters Amsterdam News.Net, Netherlands –

Thai shares shrug off violence reports Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thai Protesters Injured as Riot Police Move In The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Demonstrators Test Thai Hospitality TIME

Thai police back off in face of defiant anti-government protesters
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BANGKOK, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) — Thai police backed off in face of an defiant protester crowd on Friday after a see-saw battle with anti-government protesters to gain control of the government seat in central Bangkok.
Thai protesters, police scuffle at besieged compound AFP
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Thailand: Out of balance, lacking checks United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong

Thai protesters, police scuffle at besieged compound AFP –

Police back off Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PM defends police raid on Makkawan Bridge rally site Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Thai police back off after scuffles with protesters (2nd Lead) Monsters and –

Thai police confront protesters in PM’s compound, Spain –

Thai riot police confront protesters in Thaksin’s compound GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The truce crumbles clashes between police and demonstrators in, Italy –

Protesters told to leave compound The Press Association –

Clashes have broken out between police and anti-government, UK –

Thai police clash with protesters, reseize accesses to gov’t seat Xinhua, China –

Poll says foreigners disagree with use of force with PAD’s protest, Thailand –

Police remove protestors’ shelters around besieged Government House Yahoo, Thailand –

PM: Police won’t use force against protesters Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Police re-enter Government House compound to post injunction Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand

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Thai protest siege moves into fourth day
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BANGKOK, Aug 29 (Reuters) – A protest siege of Thailand’s centre of government moved into its fourth day on Friday, with its leaders showing few signs of …

‘Final Battle’ puts PAD in precarious spot Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –

Police unit trapped inside the protest Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Squalor at Government House Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Long, long wait at inspection centres in Johor Malaysia Star, Malaysia –

No sign of way out Straits Times, Singapore –

Thai rail workers join anti-government protests Radio Australia, Australia –

Police forced to leave Government House Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 29, 2008 at 2:00 am

Thai’s Anti-government Protest – Third Day

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In pictures: Thai protest continues (Click here for more pic)

Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags during a protest inside Government House in Bangkok on 27 August, 2008

Thai anti-government protesters have spent a second day outside Government House demanding the resignation of the prime minister.

Protesters defy court order to continue occupation of Thai –
Thousands of anti-government protesters who have occupied the Thai prime minister’s office compound since Tuesday continued their defiant occupation today despite a court order instructing them to leave and arrest warrants for nine of their leaders.
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Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Aug 28 Yahoo, Thailand –

Protesters defy court order to continue occupation of Thai …, UK –

Thai protesters defy order to leave PM’s compound, Spain

Thai PM: ‘I will not use my sword’ First Post, UK –

Thai protesters remain defiant, Qatar –

Thai protesters defy court order to leave compound The Associated Press –

Thai PM says ‘no showdown’ with protesters AFP –

PM vows ‘no force to disperse protesters’ at Government House Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Thai Protests Enter Third Day as Samak Rejects Force (Update3) Bloomberg –

Song, dance and picnics bring party mood to Thai protests Tehran Times, Iran –

PM calls off plans to disperse demonstrators, Thailand –

Thai protesters defy court order to vacate PM office compund GulfNews, United Arab Emirates

Thailand works to disperse protesters Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Razor wire and little old ladies keep Thai police at bay Forbes, NY –

Thai PM changes tack on protests BBC News, UK –

Thai leader says police will not force protesters to disperse … Monsters and –

Thai Protesters Remain Defiant Bernama, Malaysia –

Thai PM vows to be patient with protesters The Australian, Australia –

Who’s behind Thailand’s protests? Socialist Worker Online, IL –

Govt changes venue of ceremony from Government House to Suan Amporn Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

PM pledges not to use force to disperse PAD crowds Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

PM: Police will not disperse protesters Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thai protest refuses order to leave gov’t compound The Associated Press –

Thai PM won’t send police to arrest protest leaders The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thai protesters defy order to leave PM’s compound, Spain –


Protesters face police in Thailand
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By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: The leaders of thousands of protesters who were blockading the prime minister’s compound refused a civil court’s orders to leave the premises on Wednesday and challenged the police to enter and arrest them.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 28, 2008 at 3:35 am

World focus on Burma (3 August 2008)

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New UN rapporteur arrives in Burma

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Rangoon (dpa) – A United Nations rapporteur arrived in Burma Sunday to discuss human-rights concerns, diplomatic officials said. Tomas Ojea Quintana, on his …


Might is no longer just right

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Burma’s closest ally is China, with whom it shares a long border, while it is also a member of ASEAN. China, India and ASEAN — who largely make up the …

Politics part of arena in which Bush attends games

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Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

New faces in new places

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The Asian population in the Capital Region has increased about 150 percent from 1990 to 2006. The Capital Region had a small base of about 10388 Asians in …


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… poor human rights situation in China, the crackdown in Tibet, and Beijing’s support for the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. …

Insein Prison (round complex) is shown in a satellite image. “Prison happens to be the longest-running political seminar in Burma,” a former inmate says. (Digital Globe Via Google Earth)

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Human rights groups say more than 1800 political detainees languish long-term in about 20 prisons and labor camps in Burma, also called Myanmar. …

US Must Give UN The Boot

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Or, wring its hands when Burma suffered through a devastating hurricane. Humanitarian aid? Obviously not the UN’s table. Instead, the UN elected Zimbabwe to …

Myanmar Muslims stay put despite Bangladesh misery

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A Rohingya elder, Suriyaya Begam said returning to Myanmar would make life worse for her people. “We were tortured in Burma. Our mosque was attacked. …

Turkey: A battle in the war of elites

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… individuals from participating in presidential or parliamentary elections; or as Burma, which is ruled by a pernicious and corrupt military junta. …

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It was a missed opportunity for the United States of America to stand strong for the anguished people of Darfur and Burma as well as for the Tibetans in …

Iran to attend its first SAARC summit

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Australia and Burma have shown interest in becoming a part of the South Asian regional bloc. Accordingly the Colombo Summit is likely to consider their …

:. Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir

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The torture and imprisonment in Indian-occupied Kashmir is no less intense as it is in Burma. In fact the pain, suffering and humiliation in Kashmir is …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 3, 2008 at 2:44 am

In Pictures: The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

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Liz Moyer and Andrew Farrell

Corruption continues to intensify in two-fifths of the world’s nations, nurtured by persistent poverty, political instability and crime.

In percentage terms, the number of countries perceived to be corrupt fell slightly, according to recent surveys by Transparency International, an international watchdog group. But that’s only because the sample size of its annual study has gotten larger with the addition of 17 countries.

In Pictures: The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

Of the 180 countries looked at in its most recent rankings, 132 had index scores below 5, including Greece, India, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. Some 56 countries were rated below 3, a level that indicates rampant corruption, including Argentina, Pakistan and Russia.

Transparency International developed its index on a scale from 0 to 10, with the lowest number indicating the highest perception of corruption. The index is based on worldwide surveys of country specialists, business officials, human rights monitors and others.

For the most recent index, the best-scoring countries were New Zealand, Denmark and Finland, sharing an index ranking of 9.4. At the bottom of the heap, where perceptions of corruption were highest, Somalia and Myanmar are tied with an index ranking of 1.4.

Of course it’s easy to see the difference between the two ends of the spectrum. New Zealand, Denmark and Finland have wealth and stable economies and governments, and don’t stoke a lot of international controversy. Somalia and Myanmar are torn by armed conflict and political oppression.

The divide runs along economic realities. Forty percent of the countries rated below 3 are classified by the World Bank as low income. It doesn’t help if the governments are weak or engaged in a struggle for power.

“Countries torn apart by conflict pay a huge toll in their capacity to govern,” says Huguette Labelle, chairman of Transparency International. “With public institutions crippled or nonexistent, mercenary individuals help themselves to public resources, and corruption thrives.”

Myanmar, also known as Burma, probably wins the prize for worst public relations of the year. Last fall, the military-led government cracked down on protesting monks, killing a few in the riots that broke out as the government rounded up protesters. Internet access was blocked to prevent news from getting out to the outside world.

To top it off, in May the Burmese government hindered international relief efforts after the most damaging cyclone in its history, which killed an estimated 130,000. America’s first lady, Laura Bush, has led an active campaign against the military junta, calling on international bodies to pressure it to move toward democracy.

Somalia has its own problems, not least of which is persistent and growing piracy in the waters off its shores. There have been more than two dozen piracy attacks reported in the Gulf of Aden since the beginning of this year (see ” Sea Piracy’s Bloody Growth”).

The double whammy of weak government and abundant natural resources also stokes corruption, particularly where personal greed can run rampant without fear of recrimination. In Equatorial Guinea, 10th on the Transparency International list, 30% of the profits from recently discovered offshore oil fields goes straight into the state officials’ pockets.

Nearby in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tied for 10th with Guinea, government officials demand payments from mining companies. The country has abundant reserves of some of the most sought-after commodities: copper, gold, uranium and coltan.

There is hope, however. Several African countries showed marked improvement in their rankings over one year, including Seychelles (to 57 from 63), South Africa (to 43 from 51) and Swaziland (to 84 from 121). Transparency International said the jumps mean genuine reform efforts can help combat perceptions of corruption.

Outside Africa, many countries that improved over the year are in Eastern Europe: Croatia (to 64 from 69), the Czech Republic (to 41 from 46), Macedonia (to 84 from 105) and Romania (to 69 from 84). Italy went to 41 from 45.

“The concentration of gainers in Southeast and Eastern Europe testifies to the galvanizing effect of the European Union accession process on the fight against corruption,” says Transparency International.

In Pictures: The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

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No. 1 Myanmar (Burma) (tie)

The Burmese government drew widespread international criticism after it hindered international relief efforts following a deadly cyclone. The government, which tied for the top spot in perceived corruption, doesn’t tolerate dissent. Last year, the military regime in this Southeast Asian nation brutally suppressed protests by democracy activists and monks.


No. 1 Somalia (tie)

The East African country suffers from a weak national government riddled with crooked officials. Somalia, with its many poor people and 1,880-mile coast, is also a breeding ground for piracy. The bandits look for easy prey in the crowded shipping routes of the Red Sea.


No. 3 Iraq

With plenty of American money pouring in and the Iraqi public sector struggling to rebuild itself, corruption is rife in this Middle Eastern country. “Corruption and smuggling have diverted government revenues potentially available for rebuilding efforts,” said the U.S. Government Accountability Office in a report last year. Even more worrisome is that some of the money is being used to fund the Iraq insurgency. (See “The Energy Underworld.”)


No. 4 Haiti

Last month, a prominent Haitian banker railed against corrupt legislators after his bid for prime minister was thwarted. “At the very beginning of the process, I was confronted with the forces of corruption,” he told reporters. It’s a fair excuse in this Caribbean nation, which ranked fourth in perceived corruption. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere hopes to make progress under the democratically elected president and parliament that came into power in 2006.


No. 5 Uzbekistan (tie)

Houston oil services company Baker Hughes pleaded guilty last year to making improper payments to get jobs in a number of countries. One was Uzbekistan. There’s a lot more going on in this former Soviet republic. The country was ranked the fifth worst at having honest officials. Sadly, it also finished at the bottom of a recent ranking of the world’s happiest countries. (See “Chasing Happiness.”)


No. 5 Tonga (tie)

This archipelago nation in the South Pacific is the only country in the area ruled by a monarchy. The government, which relies heavily on foreign aid, hopes to clean things up. It appointed its first anti-corruption commissioner this month.


No. 7 Sudan (tie)

Sudan tied for the seventh most corrupt nation in the world, and that’s not even its most pressing problem. A military conflict that erupted in Western Sudan in 2003 has tormented citizens. The CIA estimates the conflict has displaced nearly 2 million people and caused between 200,000 and 400,000 deaths.


No. 7 Chad (tie)

Although a three-decade civil war ended in 1990, unrest has been common since then. Earlier this year, rebels attempted to take the country’s capital. In one of Chad’s more egregious examples of government unscrupulousness, funds that were supposed to have been used to feed the hungry were diverted to buy arms. (See “Chad’s President Faces Opposition.”)


No. 7 Afghanistan (tie)

Despite the toppling of the Taliban and the installation of the its first democratically elected president, the country is struggling to make progress on corruption. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s most dangerous destinations. Terrorists frequently attack political leaders, military personnel and Westerners.


No. 10 Laos (tie)

The Southeast Asian nation of Laos has been gradually returning to private enterprise from communism since the 1980s, but there’s been some bumps. Corruption remains a costly problem. One bright spot: The picturesque country is benefiting from the ecotourism boom. (See “Top Spots For Southeast Asian Ecotourism.”)

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World Focus on Burma (2-12-2007)

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  1. World leaders call for Myanmar dialogue with opposition
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    The leaders noted that the European Union had reinforced sanctions on Myanmar, which they called by its pre-military government name, Burma, …
  2. Report: Many Filipinos lack sanitary facilities at home, Philippines –
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  3. Mandela Says Ending HIV/AIDS Affliction Is
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    Former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Michel, right, arrive at the Nelson Mandela 46664 World AIDS Day Concert in Johannesburg, 1 Dec. 2007Nelson Mandela says the answer to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic lies in the hands of the world’s people

  4. Driving for Burma

    BBC Ko Sithu, an activist in Canada launched his month long campaign to drive a car across North America for Free Burma Campaign.

  5. Habitat for Humanity helps 15th family
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    Habitat for Humanity Board Member, Vanessa Blase said, “Around ten years ago they fled Myanmar with the just the clothes on their back, in the middle of the …
  6. Author chronicles saving tigers
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    This, his third book, recounts perhaps his most dangerous adventure: the creation of the world’s largest tiger preserve in Myanmar (formerly Burma), …
  7. ‘Buddha,’ ‘Kertesz’ splashes color into dbcc’s new facility
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    Pictures like his 1994 “Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar (Burma)” and 1998 “A Monk Studies Buddhist Scripture in the Late Afternoon at a Monastery in …
  8. Burma tragedy hits home
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    Kilmer of Binghamton was a high school English teacher at International School Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), from 1998 to 2007.
  9. Religious Lead Payer for Peace and Freedom in Burma
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  10. A violent and ‘friendless’ regime
    Waterbury Republican American, CT –
    Along with Sudan, Myanmar has been cited by the United Nations for continuing to use child soldiers despite repeated international demands to stop. Burma is …
  11. Report: Rampant corruption in Iraq
    United Press International –
    Only Somalia and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, ranked worse. Some US officials estimate that up to a third of what they spend on Iraqi contracts and …
  12. There are 42 million fewer landmines today
    Winnipeg Free Press, Canada –
    Use of anti-personnel landmines is limited to only two governments, Myanmar/Burma and Russia. Global trade in landmines has virtually stopped. …
  13. America’s Standing in the World
    USA Daily –
    This is what inspires Buddhist monks to risk their lives to march against the military dictators in Burma (now Myanmar). This is what provokes outrage in …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 2, 2007 at 3:08 am